Have you ever lain awake the night before a live workshop, staring at the ceiling, wondering if anyone’s actually going to show up to your event?
Maybe you’ve imagined yourself standing there, at the front of an empty room, hearing nothing but the chirping of crickets.
Having an empty room is the number one fear preventing aspiring workshop leaders from claiming the stage.
Confession time, Sister: I’ve actually struggled with fear of public speaking and taking the stage, myself.
Which is why I’d love to share these four keys Rikka Zimmerman, acclaimed international speaker and global leader in consciousness, shared with me in an interview.
Rikka has a powerful perspective on fear. When I was first starting out as a workshop leader, her thinking shifted everything for me. Read on and discover how you can use fear as a doorway into greater power onstage.
1. Let go of thinking the fear and anxiety is bad
Fear isn’t a bad thing! Fear is actually something to be welcomed. When you allow yourself to stand in the fear, you remember you’re no different from the people in your audience. Fear keeps you humble and connected.
2. Let go of trying to control the energy and the outcome in the room
When you try to control the energy of the audience to create a specific outcome, you’re not working with the energy of the room. The more you try to control the uncontrollable, the more fear, trepidation and discomfort you create.
As you let go of control, you give yourself over to the energy, which is divinity coming through. The magic happens when you let the energy of the Universe come through you, like surrendering to a lover — you let go and allow the energy to move through you, rather than trying to stop the energy.
3. Acknowledge you are a conduit for a larger message wanting to come through
When you take the stage in front of a room full of people, you’re a conduit for Universal wisdom. There’s TONS of energy coming through. Understanding and honoring this energy will help you open the energy instead of fearing or trying to control the energy.
When you expand into this energy, you become a big enough vessel to deliver the message you’re here to share.
4. Consciously work with the energy to create more connection with your audience
When you’re onstage, envision a river of energy coming from all over the Universe, flowing through your participants and into you. Let this energy fill your heart and then send the energy back out to everyone in the room.
Envision an infinity loop of energy flowing to maintain an energetic connection between you and your audience. The more energy you’re willing to receive, the more they can receive.
As leaders, we’re called to experience more vulnerability and visibility. The visibility and energy can make being on stage feel really scary, but if you’re not stepping into greater visibility you can’t make the difference you’re here to make and achieve the financial freedom you desire.
Taking the stage is all about facing your fears — and your desires — of being visible.
Your desire to lead live events, to share a message larger than you, indicates you already possess within you what is required to be successful. Your desire PROVES you have a live event trying to emerge through you.
Your responsibility — if you choose to accept — is to acknowledge and commit to this vision of you leading live events, no matter what. No amount of affirmations or inner work can substitute the work of you actually stepping out and being in action.
When you do this, you’ll develop the confidence, character and capacities you’d never be able to realize otherwise.
Live events are powerful accelerators for your entire business. When you commit to leading live events, you not only pave the way for major transformations to occur in your rooms: you begin the journey of your own transformation.
My own workshops and live events have allowed me to serve thousands of women entrepreneurs and create millions of dollars of income for myself, my company and other great causes by doing exactly what I LOVE to do. I want the same for you.
So let’s do this thing, Sister!